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Budget panel co-chair postpones fundraiser after criticism


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee has postponed a fundraiser after criticism over its timing.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling said Wednesday that she was postponing the $500 per-person fundraiser originally scheduled for Thursday night.

Darling says she determined that having the fundraising the night before the Joint Finance Committee meets for a final time Friday was "not a good idea."

Rep. John Nygren, the other committee co-chair, was also supposed to be at the event. He says the original plan was for the committee to have wrapped up its work on the budget before the fundraiser.

The government watchdog group Common Cause in Wisconsin and Democrats had criticized the timing of the fundraiser, saying it gave the perception that special interests were being shook down for contributions.

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